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Clashes in India's West Bengal State Injure Five


At least five people have been injured in clashes this week between supporters of the ruling Communist Party and the opposition in India's West Bengal state.

Witnesses say the two sides exchanged gunfire and threw crude bombs at each other in the troubled Nandigram district. At least 500 people have fled their homes to escape the fighting.

The violence comes in the run-up to May 11th local council elections.

Opposition supporters accuse the Communist Party of targeting villagers who opposed a state government plan to seize their farm land to build special economic zones.

Officials had wanted farmers to vacate their land to build a petrochemical plant. The government has since abandoned that project, but clashes have continued.

Gautam Gupta has the details.

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